We’ve all been there. Exhausted, yet still behind the wheel. We want to make the most out of our opportunities to travel, and even though driving a luxury motor home isn’t quite like driving the family mini van, you still want to get to your final destination as quickly as you can. Sometimes that means logging a few more miles and exerting a little more energy than your body can handle. Let us start by saying this, if you’re too tired to drive and find yourself close to nodding off, pull over! Risking your life, the lives of your passengers (who are most likely your beloved family members), and the lives of the other drivers on the road is never worth it…especially when you’re in a mobile mansion that has its own master suite rivaling the finest 5 star hotel in terms of comfort and quality. Read on for a few tips on how to help keep yourself awake and alert while driving.
1. Drink Plenty of Liquids – but stay away from sugary drinks!
Having something to sip on while driving is a good way to keep your mind alert for a few reasons. For starters, if you’re having a caffeinated drink like coffee or tea, it will help to keep you stimulated and more awake. More importantly, however, you’ll inevitably have to use the bathroom a few times. It may sound strange, but looking forward to pulling over to use the restroom will keep your mind occupied and help to prevent you from getting overly drowsy. When it comes to sugary drinks, stay away! Consuming excess amounts of sugar will ultimately make you drowsy and sluggish – a bad combo if you’re goal is to drive long stretches.
2. Listen To Music – especially songs you know the words to
Listening to music is a great way to keep you mind active while you’re on the road. It doesn’t have to be blaring either, just loud enough to keep your attention. It’s especially helpful to listen to songs that you know the words to – singing along will help to further stimulate your mind and add another element of activity that will help prevent drowsiness.
3. Do Breathing Exercises
Taking deep breaths has been proven to have a number of positive effects on the human body. Not only does breathing deeply for a short period of time help to decrease blood pressure, but it also helps to improve blood circulation throughout the body and to slow down the heart rate. All of these things combined will help to improve your energy levels and keep you awake naturally. When conducting breathing exercises, you should sit up straight and take a deep breath (into your abdomen, not your chest) through your nose and then breathe out through your mouth. Do this 10 times or more when you’re starting to feel a little drowsy.
4. Have a Conversation With Someone
Sort of along the same principals of listening to music, engaging in a conversation with one of your passengers is a great way to keep yourself awake. Communicating with someone else forces your mind to stay active and to think which will in turn make you more alert. The more engaged in conversation you become, the less likely it is that you’ll fall asleep at the wheel.
5. Eat a Healthy Snack
Foods that are high in protein and soy will help to keep you awake for longer periods of time. Try buying a bag of trail mix (or making your own) before your next trip that is packed with an assortment of nuts and berries. Even consider adding in some milk chocolate as well. Believe it or not, milk chocolate contains elements that turn into dopamine when ingested which is a stimulant. Stay away from dark chocolate, though, as it has the opposite effect.
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